Delia came home the other day – she had been spending time with another herd since Vitamin went off to her Fat Camp.
Having spent the winter with Brá and Hetja, I put her out with them thinking she would be fine as she is an old mare.
But no, this was not to be. Hetja decided that Delia could not be in her herd and that she should be kept away from Brá and Efstur at all costs every minute. She was horrid to Delia
This was not the summer I wanted for my old lady. She was totally isolated.
So today I took Delia to Sandness to spend her summer with Lyra and the minis.
Lyra was very pleased to see her old friend.
There was no kicking or squealing or great shows of dominance. Just a nice gentle welcome.
Delia was amongst friends.
Delia looked about her…..
… and then set off to get to know her new herd.
Delia is a dear old girl and I hope she spends happy summer months with her new friends. The grass is not long, so she is safe from laminitis, but there is enough to keep her at a good healthy weight. They are all visited daily, anyway.
I feel much happier about this set up. I didn’t like seeing Delia being ostracised and set upon by Hetja. I know nature is harsh, but Delia doesn’t need this type of behaviour. She is an old lady who wants her friends around, peace and quiet with the occasional back scratch and her daily apple (she eats it whole and relishes all the juice running down her chin!)